Jets cut OT Jason Smith.
I know he's been considered a 1st round bust (2nd overall pick of the 2009 draft). But right now he probably could be signed for not much more than "training camp fodder" to push Webb.
Or is this "dumpster diving" a bit?
Trestman - Kromer - Tucker - DeCamillis
I'm looking forward to seeing these guys coach. Hope they're good.
I would absolutely sign him. He is a perfect OT-to-OG conversion candidate. Only 6'5" so he's right there in height with half the top ten guards in the game, just in case there were questions there. His 2010 season at RT was actually quite good if you omit the plethora of penalties he racked up.
Why not? If we could sign, and later cut, Vernon Gholston, we can sign someone better than Gholston too.
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We can't complain about Angelo doing this, then advocating it the same. Either it's bad or it's good. I say it's worth a shot, to see what he can do, but under the assumption that he's going to be more than training camp fodder.
I say absolutely we take a shot on this guy. This could be the kind of FA that we need right here. He is not going to break the bank as hes being labeled as a bust. With this said there is some obvious extreme talent to be taken 2nd overall. Never know what a change of scenery (and Kromer added to the mix) can do to such a gifted player. I really hope we go after him because this is the kind of guy who can push Webb and now gives us 3 real tackles to battle in camp.
This may be on of those "holy crap look what I found" situations
scouting report I found
Pick Analysis: The Rams tab the ultra-athletic Smith to replace Orlando Pace at left tackle. Smith has outstanding feet and movement skills. He will not only protect Marc Bulger's blind side, but he'll provide the push on the edge to spring Steven Jackson for long runs. With Smith in place, the Rams have completed the process of rebuilding an offensive line that struggled mightily last season.
OverviewA converted tight end with three years as a starter on a veteran-laden offensive line that featured four returning starters in 2008. It proved to be a season of redemption for the fifth-year senior, who was limited to seven games as a junior due to a MCL sprain in his right knee.
Known for his pass-protection skills, Smith displayed solid drive-blocking technique in 2008. The team gained more than 65% of its rushing yardage on running plays to the left. With Smith leading the way, the Bears finished 21st in the nation and third in the Big Twelve Conference with an average of 195.75 yards per game on the ground. With their left tackle hobbled in 2007, Baylor ranked 113th nationally with 77.83 yards per game rushing.
Smith earned All-American honors in 2008 and became the school's first non-special teams All-American since safety Adrian Robinson in 1995. He also became the Bears' first All-American offensive lineman since Mark Adickes in 1975 to receive national postseason honors. Only seven other offensive linemen since Barton Koch in 1930 have been able to claim All-American recognition in school history.
Smith was a standout performer at W.T. White High School, where he was named to The Dallas Morning News Top 100 Area List (No. 95) as a senior. After earning first-team All-District honors as a sophomore and junior at offensive tackle, he moved to tight end, serving as team captain during his senior season.
That year, he caught seven passes for 101 yards and one touchdown en route to 2003 All-District 10-5A honors. The two-time team Most Valuable Player also competed in the 2004 Coca-Cola High School Football All-Star Game.
Smith enrolled at Baylor in 2004, spending the season performing on the scout team as a tight end. He would be named that squad's MVP after the schedule was concluded. He was chosen Baylor's Most Improved Player in 2005, starting eight games at tight end. He made six of the thirteen receptions by Baylor tight ends that year, gaining 70 yards (11.7-yard average) that included a 2-yard touchdown vs. Oklahoma State.
Smith shifted from tight end to right offensive tackle in 2006, starting all 12 games. He delivered 71 knockdowns and six touchdown-resulting blocks, leading the offense by appearing in 789 plays. A right knee sprain in the 2007 season opener vs. Texas Christian put Smith on the shelf for the next three contests. He returned, but re-injured the same knee vs. Colorado and missed two more games.
Played 436 of the team's 859 offensive snaps, but managed to pace the Bears with 47 knockdowns and six touchdown-resulting blocks. In four of the seven games he appeared in, he did not allow his main coverage assignment to record a tackle. Based on that impressive showing, he was named All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention by the Associated Press.
Nicknamed "Smooth," for his ability to easily slide out and lead on the sweep, Smith was an All-American and unanimous All-Big Twelve Conference first-team choice. The Bears' co-MVP delivered 96 knockdowns and led conference down linemen with 17 touchdown-resulting blocks. The team's 29 scoring runs rank third on the school's single-season list and were the most by a Bears' squad since 1994.
High SchoolAttended W.T. White (Dallas, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Zuffuto...Named to The Dallas Morning News Top 100 Area List (No. 95) as a senior...After earning first-team All-District honors as a sophomore and junior at offensive tackle, he moved to tight end, serving as team captain during his senior season...That year, he caught seven passes for 101 yards and one touchdown en route to 2003 All-District 10-5A honors...The two-time team Most Valuable Player also competed in the 2004 Coca-Cola High School Football All-Star Game.
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Again, let's not fall in love with our coaching staff, just because they've had success elsewhere, when it comes to these types of players. The only thing you should expect from this guy is that he MIGHT make the team after training camp. There's absolutely no reason to think the coaches are gonna connect the dots for him, and he's suddenly going to "get it". While that is a possibility, the odds are overwhelmingly against such a thing to happen, so there should be very little stock either way on this one.
Does everybody see what our OFFENSIVE LINE has looked like the last few years ... I mean its really offensive.
What do we have to lose if we pick up an Ex-Jet ? Is it really worse then what we already have ?
What the fuck team have you been paying attention to when it comes to CHICAGO BEARS ?
Did you see the fucking San Francisco game from last season ?
We showed up at Frisco and we stunk it up ... a fucking corpse could be better then our current OL.
Are we watching the same team that the NFL considers a JOKE at OL?
How many fuckin SPIKES have to be pounded into our goddamn fucking gourds before we GET IT ?
Jesus fucking Christ almightey I FUCKING GET IT !
I'd just advocate giving him a shot, he don't make it he don't make it no biggie